Volume begins with 18 pages of counterpoint exercises in both two and four voices. There is an poem by an unspecified author on pg. 19 followed by two pages of sketch material for voice or an instrument with piano accompaniment. Then there are four pages of sketches for the song "There was before me miles upon miles" by Stephen Crane. The next two pages contain sketches for the song "Should this wide world roll away" by Stephen Crane. The following 8 pages include more counterpoint exercises. Then there are 5 pages of sketch material for voice and piano using an unidentified poem. The last 3 pages of the volume include sketches for a piece titled "Romanza."
Both songs sketched in the volume were subsequently published as a part of the song cycle Black Riders. "Should this wide world roll away" appears as song 1, Consecration and "There was before me miles upon miles" appears as song 3, Longing.
"Sept. 17 '96" is written in the bottom right corner of pg. 25, and "Oct. 1 1896" is written in the bottom right corner of pg. 27.